Eric Essix | Somewhere In Alabama

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Somewhere In Alabama

by Eric Essix

Contemporary Jazz; soulful, funky and spiritual with an infusion of southern music influences; gospel, blues and R&B.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Sweet Tea
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2. Easy
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3. C Side
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4. Drive Time
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5. Somewhere In Alabama
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6. Prevailation
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7. Like A River
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8. Nobody Turn Me 'Round (Intro)
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9. Nobody Turn Me 'Round
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10. Sara Smile
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11. Brown Town
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Essential Recordings has begun repackaging all of the Eric Essix back catalog CD's in more environmentally compatible cardboard sleeves, starting with Somewhere In Alabama, his best selling disc on CD Baby and for the label! Each of these catalog recordings will feature new artwork on the sleeve itself but the track listings and program remains exactly the same as the original.

On Somewhere In Alabama, Eric's style and sound embody the southern influences that inform his playing and composing. He continues to explore this direction on this offering which is heavily laden with gospel, R&B and blues references in a contemporary jazz setting.

The album features a cover of Alabama native, Lionel Richie's hit, "Easy" and a very eclectic treatment of the civil rights march anthem "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" that mixes hip-hop grooves with Eric's jazzy approach to the melody. Eric also includes a very gospel rendition of the Hall & Oates classic "Sara Smile" that has been a staple in his live show for over a decade.

"Somewhere In Alabama's" real strength, however, lies in its seven original compositions all penned by Essix. The songs run the gamut stylistically opening with the funky, soul inflected "Sweet Tea" to the "straight out of the church" title track and closing with the driving Tower of Power influenced "Brown Town". Eric's guitar floats above the well crafted production throughout the albums 55 minute running time often "George Benson" smooth and silky, but at other times revealing his rock and blues influences with snarling, high powered, distortion laced solo's. If you have never heard of Eric but like the music of Norman Brown, early Robben Ford or Chuck Loeb, "Somewhere In Alabama" may be the destination you've been searching for!

For more about Eric, go to:
www.ericessix.com


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Patsy Wallace

This CD is quality at it's best!
This CD is quality at its best! A must have for smooth jazz lovers. It contains 55 minutes of pure soul stirring pleasure! Awesome!

Carl Harris

A truly excellent CD!
This CD is really one that can be admired for its style and craftsmanship. You can hear that the artist has a passion for what he's playing and wants the world to know he's for real!

Richard Brokaw

Nobody Turns Me Around was dynamic!! Bought CD because of that cut.

Warren Price

A great addition to my jazz collection, very nice CD
I don't give up 5 stars often. But this CD deserved the
rating. Very well put together. I love Sweet Tea (reason
I bought it.) But the title track Somewhere in Alabama
really impressed me. This is the type of CD I can play
and enjoy all the way through. Thank you for making it available at a reasonable price and great service.

greg mccollum

this is what you want
i have over four hundred cds, but i listen to this one almost everyday. every track grabs you by the ears. if you want music you can enjoy anywhere, anytime, this is what you want. even the covers will surprise you. they're not the usual junk you get from some so-called artists looking for a quick, filler track. buy yourself a copy and tell your friends. as a fellow alabamian, i'm very proud.

Patrick Caveney

Excellent
Love it. Great for mood muxic.

Chef Jeff Perry

Hot!!
Love the CD Great Combo of songs and musician one of your best yet keep makeing great music.

Shun


Really enjoyed this one!